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I could only see five films again at this year’s French Film Festival because there’s so much going on at the moment. Hopefully, things will quieten down a bit in a month or so.
The festival was pretty good and from what I hear there’s a few movies which I really should have seen. I think the festival organisers need to look at how they bill the films. Both this year and last year suffered for woefully inadequate and in some cases completely misleading film blurbs.
Here’s the low-down of my festival:
Coupable (Guilty): Complete rubbish. There is […]
Last night my French teacher at the Alliance Française said that she learned every English largely from listening to Elvis Presley. While this seemed dopey at the time, I now realise that I’m learning everyday French from a murderer. Bertrand Cantat, lead singer of Noir Désir, writes some of the best emotionally intense lyrics that I've ever come across in either language – all written with a very everyday diction and grammar. He was also jailed in 2004 for beating to death his girlfriend and one of France’s most famous new actresses, Marie Trintignant.
(I could have said I was […]
Yesterday was filled with cinematic awesomeness. First up was a pair of short kids films from the Fifties which have won pretty much every prize and award going at the time and are often proclaimed as classics of French cinema. let me say here and now that The Red Balloon and White Mane could never be made today. Both show a world view and an attitude to children that is just not allowed any more. These films owe much more to the un-sugar-coated tales of the Brothers Grimm and the fact that they were made within ten years of the […]
The next two movies on my program for the French Film Festival were Molière, a period comedy, and Chrysalis, an attempt at sci-fi noir.
I saw Molière with Kathi the theatre costumière and . The film was fabulous – very witty and full of Molière-like comic misunderstandings – exploring a portion of the writer's life before he hit the big time. From the little I know of Molière, I can see common motifs from his plays appearing as plot elements in the movie. For instance, when in disguise he calls himself – of course – M. Tartuffe. Kathi slowly dissolved […]
The first movie on my program for the French Film Festival was 13m2, a nice little character piece about three losers who pull a big heist and hole up in an abandoned suburban courtyard until the heat blows over. That was the plan, anyway. Things begin to go wrong pretty quickly.
Overall, not bad but not the movie I was expecting. I should have twigged when the initial credits showed Barthélémy Grossmann as writer, director and lead actor. Anyone paying attention at that point should have thought to themselves “hmmm…. student production or just out of film school.” The film […]